Strong turnout at rugby fun day

HARARE - At least 120 budding rugby players from various Zimbabwe Rugby Union (ZRU) development programs came through to be part of the DHL “Africa As One” fun day yesterday.

The fledgling players took part in a tag rugby coaching clinic at St George’s College before the tour was concluded with rugby enthusiasts lining up and passing a single rugby ball from hand to hand.

The fun day at St Georges College also included free eye tests and glasses for youngsters, as well as the distribution of stationery to underprivileged children.

From Zimbabwe the gruelling tour makes a stopover in Malawi as part of an effort to spread awareness for the game in the build up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

The team of seven people, who are spearheading the initiative, will then travel to 41 other countries in Africa in their three Land Rover vehicles over the next 11 months.

The three vehicles will arrive in England next September ahead of the of the World Cup opening ceremony.

DHL country manager Jeff Phiri said the hosting of the fun day at St George’s College was entwined with the history of DHL and one of Harare’s oldest boys’ schools.

“They couldn’t be a better venue to host this event. There has been a relationship between St Georges and DHL dates back to the tie when we established DHL in 1981 so that’s why it was a natural choice,” he said.

DHL southern Africa marketing and communications manager Khanyi Mamba was delighted at the response the initiative has received so far.

“We started off in September in Cape Town we have gone to Lesotho, Swaziland so this is our third visit from here we head to Malawi.  We are really hoping to teach the children and the community about the sport of rugby as our focus is to build up Rugby World Cup,” Mamba said.

“We have begun a very good partnership with Zimbabwe Rugby and we are hoping it build on from this campaign.”

Sponsors DHL are the official logistics partner for the 2015 IRB World Cup.

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